Campaigning for votes is tough. It's even tougher if your name isn't going to be on the ballot.
"It's really hard to win a write-in campaign because people don't even know who you are," said Dr. Michael Federici, a political science professor at Mercyhurst University. "They might not even know you're running."
Even so, writing their name on the ballot, is what a few political hopefuls would like voters to do. However, Dr. Federici said write-in campaigns, don't typically go as planned.
"The most common impact it has is not that the write-in candidate wins, but that the write-in candidate can take enough votes away from one of the two candidates to swing the election for the other candidate."
Dr. Federici said there are a number of reasons why a candidate will run a write-in campaign, but the challenging part for those candidates is getting the voters to push that write-in button.
"You have to know what office they're running for, you have to know how to manipulate the ballot. Especially with the new electronic ballots, [you have to know] how to put the name in there, and that makes it that much harder. Most people would rather have the easy way out. There's already a name there, I'll check one of those."
If that voter is willing to go the extra mile, and write in a candidate's name, Doug Smith, Erie County Clerk of Elections, said the new machines make it easier. The difficult part comes on his end, after the votes are in.
"When you get into the write-ins, it's a hand count," said Smith. "Much like in the days past where we had people actively counting paper ballots."
It's for that reason it could take up to a week, sometimes longer, for the official results to come in.